Take Five

It's as easy as one, two, three, four and five... No, not really that easy, but there are a few life changes that you can adopt to help mitigate those troublesome migraines.

 

Be Predictable: Find a Pattern

Change is good, but that is not always the case for migraines. Too much change in life can actually be detrimental for your mind. Life is not a steady ebb and tide that is as predictable as the phases of the moon, but you can tame it. Start off by setting strict bedtimes with consistent hours of sleep. After you have fallen into a sleep cycle rhythm begin with another aspect of your life, such as consistently eating meals at certain times of the day, especially in the morning and in the evening. Also set quotas for certain activities each day such as walking, stretching, television et cetera. 

 

Keep Your Body Nourished

In this day in age, work and other commitments consume our lives leaving us little time to think about ourselves. One cannot work without a healthy body, that is why you need to hit all of the nutritional quotas for the day. One of the easiest ways to do this is make certain that you have your three key meals each day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure that these meals are loaded with the nutrients that your body needs and not things like fats and sugars. And do not forget to snack in between meals to stymy any would-be migraines. Try simple foods such as peanut butter, apples, grapes and crackers; as these are all great protein-carbohydrate combinations. Drink lots of water as well, but play it smart. Strategize your intake, visit Water.org

 

Eat, but Eat Right

Aside from environmental factors, our diet is essentially the focal point of our migraines. That is why it is so important to watch what you eat. Some of the easiest foods to stay away from are sugars/sweeteners, alcohol, aged foods and caffeine. To help identify new, and less obvious foods, start a food log. Write down what you ate, when you ate it and note your current physical status (just went for a run, tired, agitated). Over time, you should be able to fine-tune your regime and find what works for you. 

 

Stay in Motion 

Yes, work out too strenuously and you may develop migraines, work out too little though and you could be at risk for more than just increased chances for migraines. Exercise is so vital for our lives that without it, we may very well be non-existent. You should aim for at least an hour of mixed cardio and strength training per day. During the day you should also find time to stand, stretch and move around while at work. Sitting is already killing the modern working American, so stand up and fight it with exercise every hour for at least five minutes. A really good method of exertion, but not extreme, is yoga. If you are are new to yoga, there are a few sites out there to help you out: Yoga, Yoga Journal and Liberation Yoga

 

Keep Stress at Bay

Of course it would be absurd to assume that we could remove stress from our lives, but we can reduce the amount of it. Try meditating or biofeedback. If being too bohemian is not for you, just try short naps in dark rooms, reading or listening to non-vocal, low-BPM music. It is possible to mitigate stress, you just have to find what works for you. Try out the new craze for Transcendental Meditation

 

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